Set the standards..

Hello. Hope you’re all having a great week? My life seems to be very much all about work, work and more work at the moment but hey that’s all part of a new job and a new challenge – and that’s what I signed up for! But it does mean the days (even though they are long…) are flying by quickly. So just a quick mid-week motivational post from me today! I totally love this quote, it is so important to set the standards….

 Set the standards..

“Love yourself. Forgive yourself. Be true to yourself. How you treat yourself sets the standard for how others will treat you.” Steve Maraboli. Happy Hump Day :)


  
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The Tower of London Remembers…

On Saturday I finally made it to the Tower of London to see the impressive ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ installation! Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins to remember all the people that sadly were killed in  WW1 as this year marks one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War. The installation features 888,246 ceramic poppies and each poppy represents a British military person that died during the war. The installation has been at the London landmark since the 5th of August and nearly four million people are expect to have visited it by 12 November, when it will start getting removed. Here are some photos I took at the Tower of London Remembers..

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I am so glad I went to see the Tower of London Remembers installation. It is visually spectacular and good place for personal reflection. The scale of seeing all those poppies really shows the magnitude of such a tragic part of the history of our world.

I kind of think the poppies should stay there longer, if not forever. But as it stand they will be starting to remove them (because they’ve sold all the poppies) on the 12th of November but to allow as many people as possible to see the installation, the poppies will be lit from 04:30 GMT until dawn and then from dusk until midnight. For more information visit http://poppies.hrp.org.uk. For you Londoners, I strongly recommend you go and see this while you still can!


  
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Furiosa FENDI – Fragrance Review

In September FENDI introduced a new fragrance to their range; Furiosa! They say the scent is an ode to the elegance of the House’s iconic furs and a tribute to the FENDI’s woman’s wild yet sophisticated femininity.

“The new FENDI fragrance is a supreme tribute to the heart of FENDI’s unique universe where women are not only magnificent but mostly powerful, impacting on the world with an inimitable grace” Plus Furiosa actually means “furious” and “feisty” in Italian so its going to be punchy.

First up, how gorgeous is the bottle of Furiosa? It was designed by jewellery designer Delfina Dellettrez and who is in the fourth generation of family FENDI.

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The scent is intense, slightly mysterious and luxuriously elegant!  It contains notes of Calabrian bergamot in the top, wallflower (violaciocca) at the heart and amber in the base. When I first smelled this fragrance I wasn’t so sure on it, but it’s totally grown on me. It’s a lovely warm and spicy scent, with depth and flowers in the background. It’s definitely very interesting, classy, the scent lasts all day and I think it’s a great fragrance for the autumn autumn/winter season. I’ve been wearing it a bit recently when out and have received lots of lovely comments so think it’s a winner for when you’re looking to leave a (lovely smelling) impression!

Furiosa FENDI is available exclusively at Harrods for £63 for 50ml and £88 for 100ml (EDP).
Do you like the sound, eh smell, of this fragrance? ;)


  
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Turkish Eggs – Poached Eggs with Herbed Yoghurt & Chilli Butter

The first time that I had the Turkish Eggs at The Providores in London, I was hooked.  I ordered it because I was a bit sceptical to see how the combination of yoghurt and eggs would work together, but oh boy does it work! Garlicky yoghurt topped with poached eggs and then drizzled with chilli infused butter,  served with bread to mop up all these delicious flavours. The original dish actually comes from Turkey and is called Çılbır and you can enjoy this for lunch, dinner and of course brunch!

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Turkish Eggs: Poached Eggs with Herbed Yoghurt & Chilli Butter

Ingredients:
(serves 2)

Greek yoghurt (I used FAGE Total 0%)
1x tbsp of finely chopped fresh dill
1x clove of garlic, crushed
Salt & pepper
4x Eggs for poaching
approx. 50 grams of unsalted butter
1 tbsp of chilli flakes
1/2 tsp of paprika
1/4 tsp of ground cumin
Toasted pita, turkish bread or sourdough bread slices, to serve

Method:

To make the herbed Greek yoghurt*: Evenly mix Greek yoghurt, chopped dill, grated garlic, salt and ground black pepper together.  Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit in the fridge for 1 hour (you can serve this immediately too but letting it sit for a while does allows the flavours to really sink into the yoghurt).

To make the chili butter*: Combine unsalted butter, chili flakes, paprika and ground cumin in a sauce pot.  Heat over medium heat, and once the butter has melted, let cook for another min.  Turn off the heat and set aside.  Warm up over low heat before using.

*Can be made up to 1 day in advance

Poaching your eggs: Fill a (deep) frying pan or pot with boiling water from the kettle. Bring it to a light simmer over a medium heat, add a pinch of sea salt and a splash of white vinegar (if you prefer) which will help to bind the egg. When the water is simmering swirl the water with a spoon and gently slide the egg into the centre. Ensure you crack it as close as possible to the water, or break the egg into a teacup first if you are a little new or nervous about doing this so closely to the water.  Add the remaining eggs, one at a time, in the same manner, and cook them for about 3 minutes, depending on your egg yolk runniness (is that even a word) preference. When the eggs are ready, gently remove each egg from the water with a slotted spoon and set aside on kitchen paper to drain.

To serve: Divide the herbed Greek yoghurt in two plates, and place two poached eggs on top on each plate.  Drizzle over a generous amount of the chili butter and finish off with a sprig of fresh dill.  Sprinkle some sea salt on top and serve with your crusty bread of choice for dipping!

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Trust me that the perfect harmony of eggs, yoghurt, and chilli and paprika is simply delicious. This is such a comfort dish and I also really like it because it’s just something different from your regular poached egg brunch recipe. Plus it’s easy to make, very light, and yummy. Do let me know what you think if you try this Turkish Eggs recipe at home!


  
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Never regret anything..

Yay it’s wednesday already so time for some quick mid-week motivation. One of the things I often try to tell myself is to never regret anything.  Because if it’s good, it’s going to be wonderful and if it’s bad, it’s going to be an experience.  Your mindset really is at the heart of your success and happiness! You have to take the good with the bad, smile with the sad, love what you have and be thankful for what you had.  Forgive yourself and others, but don’t forget.  Learn from your mistakes, but don’t regret.  Life is change, things go wrong, and life always goes on.

Winston Churchill once said, “Success is moving from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” Negative thinking creates negative results. Positive thinking creates positive results.  Period.  Things always turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out. So that’s really one of my big life philosophies; never regret anything!

 Never regret anything..

“I never regret anything. Because every little detail of your life is what made you into who you are in the end.” – Drew Barrymore. Happy Hump Day everyone!


  
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